Australia continues to lag behind the rest of the world in internet speeds, ranking 44th in the latest State of the Internet Report.
The Akamai State of the Internet Report provides insight into online trends for the fourth quarter of 2013 based on data gathered from its global platform.
The report found Australia ranked in 44th position globally in terms of average connection speeds, down 1 position from the previous quarter.
Hong Kong and South Korea boast the highest average peak connection speeds and remain the only two countries above 60Mbps, at 68Mbps and 64.4Mbps, respectively.
Average connection speeds in Australia were recorded at 5.8Mbps (representing a 6 per cent increase quarter-over-quarter).
Year-on-year change saw a 27 per cent increase in Australia compared to the same period in 2012.
Australia ranked 32nd globally in terms of average peak connection speeds, down 2 positions from the previous quarter.
While average peak connection speeds in Australia were recorded at 35.2Mbps (representing a 17 per cent increase quarter-over-quarter).
Year-on-year changes saw a 46 per cent increase in Australia compared to the same period in 2012.
We ranked in 37th position globally in terms of high broadband (above 10 Mbps) connectivity -- this is the same position as the previous quarter.
The percentage of connectivity recorded above 10 Mbps in Australia was 9.7 per cent, up 19 per cent quarter-on-quarter.
Year-on-year changes saw a 104 per cent increase in Australia compared to the same period in 2012.
According to the report, the global average connection speed continued to improve, with a quarterly increase of 5.5 per cent, reaching 3.8 Mbps.
Despite this improvement, half of the countries/regions listed among the top 10 in global average connection speeds -- including the top four countries -- actually saw nominal declines quarter-over-quarter, ranging from a loss of 0.7 per cent in the Netherlands to a drop of 6.7 per cent in Latvia.
Despite a 1.1 per cent decline in average connection speed, South Korea held the top spot from quarter to quarter, reporting the highest average connection speed of 21.9 Mbps. Interestingly, quarterly increases seen in Ireland (8.4 per cent increase to 10.4 Mbps) and the United States (2% increase to 10 Mbps) helped push both countries to average connection speeds of 10 Mbps or more, marking the first time that all of the top 10 countries/regions had average connection speeds at or above the "high broadband" threshold. Overall, 133 qualifying countries/regions ended the year with higher average connection speeds than the year before, contributing to an increase of 27 per cent from the end of 2012.
Both South Korea and Ireland experienced year-over-year growth of more than 50 per cent, at 57 per cent and 59 per cent, respectively.
The smallest yearly increase among the top 10 was seen in Latvia, which added 11 per cent during the course of 2013. Report editor, David Belson, said the world had reached a significant milestone in the improvement of average connection speeds. "The fact that all of the top 10 countries/regions' average connection speeds are now at or exceeding the high broadband threshold -- and continued strong growth in countries like South Korea and Ireland -- is indicative of the progress that's being made in broadband penetration," he said.
"It's reasonable to expect these promising trends will continue to be reflected in future reports."